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Atheists fight to keep God out of Irish law

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/03/atheist-ireland-blasphemy-legislation

A group that claims to represent the rights of atheists in Ireland has launched a campaign to expel God from the Irish constitution, starting with an attempt to block plans for a new blasphemy law.

Atheist Ireland, which is led by a Bono impersonator and the writer of a hit musical about Roy Keane's infamous World Cup tantrum, says the proposed legislation combines the oppressive religious thinking of 1950s Catholic Ireland and Islamic fundamentalism.

Co-founder Michael Nugent said they intended to launch a roadshow in the republic to kick-start their campaign.

Nugent is the co-author of I, Keano, a comedy musical about the angry clash between Keane and former Ireland manager Mick McCarthy at the 2002 World Cup, which led to Keane walking out of the tournament. He has been joined by Paul Wonderful, a former singer with U2 send-up band The Joshua Trio, whose current incarnation - Ding Dong Denny O'Reilly - sings a song about Christ that could be illegal under the new law
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